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A month out, City Creek tenants in hurry mode

Tenants are stocking shelves, hiring workers in preparation for March 22.

By Lesley Mitchell
The Salt Lake Tribune
February 22, 2012 

One month to go before the grand opening of City Creek Center, and dozens of retailers are scrambling to staff their stores and fill them with merchandise.

At Tiffany & Co., store director Julie Peterson said the chain has hired 15 people, three of whom are managers hired from other states. Next up is jewelry and other items, which are set to arrive soon.

Mall owner Taubman Centers Inc. wants as many of the 80 planned stores and restaurants as possible to open when the 800,000-square-foot shopping center makes its debut on March 22.

So far, Taubman has announced a partial tenant lineup of about two dozen retailers, led by Tiffany and other high-end shops such as Michael Kors. Taubman is holding off on the next round of tenant announcements to generate more excitement closer to opening day, but a growing number of retailers are making their plans known as they prepare to open stores in the mall.